Monthly Archives: May 2016

Space module puffs up like a bag of popcorn

It took almost eight hours, but NASA accomplished the first expansion of a pop-up module at the International Space Station today, by inflating the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or BEAM. BEAM was built for NASA by Nevada-based Bigelow Aerospace under … Continue reading

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This may be the best view of Pluto we ever see

Almost a year after NASA’s New Horizons probe flew past Pluto, the team behind the mission has put together a long mosaic strip that includes all of the highest-resolution images. “This new image product is just magnetic,” Alan Stern, a … Continue reading

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SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket leans in for a landing

For the third time in a row, a SpaceX Falcon 9 booster sent a payload into space and then came back for a landing on an oceangoing platform. But this time, the booster was a little shaken up. Today’s launch from Cape Canaveral … Continue reading

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Expandable space module barely expands

Update: NASA will make its second attempt to inflate the Bigelow Expandable Space Module starting at around 6 a.m. PT May 28. More details below.  A multimillion-dollar pop-up room that NASA sees as the future of space habitats expanded just … Continue reading

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Five flights of fancy at ‘Above and Beyond’

Most of the floor space at Seattle’s Museum of Flight is set aside to celebrate past glories of aerospace – but “Above and Beyond,” a traveling exhibition that opens this weekend, is different: It’s all about what lies ahead. During a Thursday preview, … Continue reading

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Jeff Bezos: Next spaceflight will include flaw

Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos predicts there’ll be a problem with a parachute the next time his Blue Origin venture flies its uncrewed New Shepard spaceship. He’ll make sure of it. Flying with a bad parachute is part of Blue Origin’s plan … Continue reading

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‘Space selfie’ project canceled; refunds offered

REDMOND, Wash. – Three years ago, Planetary Resources raised more than $1.5 million on Kickstarter to build a space telescope that would let users snap selfies from orbit. Today, the company says it can’t follow through on the project – and is … Continue reading

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Planetary Resources focuses on Earth imaging

REDMOND, Wash. – Planetary Resources was founded as an asteroid mining company, but a fresh infusion of $21.1 million in investment puts the emphasis on a space frontier that’s closer to home: Earth observation. “It leverages everything that we have been … Continue reading

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Solar Impulse lands in PA, sets sights on NY

One day after a close call, the Solar Impulse 2 round-the-world airplane made a 17-hour trip from Ohio to Pennsylvania today in preparation for its star turn in New York. The gossamer craft floated down to Lehigh Valley International Airport just as … Continue reading

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NASA fires back in spat over asteroid data

BELLEVUE, Wash. – NASA issued a statement today disputing Seattle tech icon Nathan Myhrvold’s critique of asteroid data analysis from the space agency’s NEOWISE mission. The statement follows up on reports published this week by GeekWire and othermedia outlets. In those reports, Myhrvold … Continue reading

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